Music

The Beat of the Brazilian Tambourine Cabruera is currently one of the most important Brazilian bands in terms of the preservation of our traditional rhytms and their development in a blend of diversified musical tendencies, in such a way that they manage to be traditional and avant-garde at the same time. Their offer to hold a rhythm workshop based on the Brazilian tambourine at the Embassy has honoured us very much. The cultural traditions that communities, groups and individuals all over the world receive from their ancestors and pass along to future generations constitute a major trove and are to…

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There is nothing quite like going to a music festival in the UK… Now that the cold winter days are a thing of the past, London is in full bloom and as summer fast approaches out attention turns to outdoor entertainment, which includes a wide range of music festivals that cater for all tastes. Many last several days and offer something for the whole family, as well as a clement 25 degrees Celsius, which is about the average for this time of year. The choice is impressive: there are those that run for a few days and encourage revellers to…

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Who can resist the casual, seductive, ingenious and multilayered music of Brazil? A country of continental dimensions where all of Europe could fit within her borders! From the lithesome, musical elegance of the choro to the hypnotic sensuality of the Bossa nova, and a kaleidoscope of subtle rhythms wrapped in sophisticated jazz harmonies, the sound of Brazilian music is unforgettable unmistakable, and best summed up by the Portuguese word “saudade,” which mingles yearning, sadness and memory. The leading recorder-player for decades, Michala Petri returns to take us on a new musical journey to Terra do Brasil through the music of…

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On 2 June, Roger Waters, the creative force behind Pink Floyd, released his new album “Is This The Life We Really Want?”, which has already reached number two on iTunes Brazil’s album chart. Produced and mixed by Nigel Godrich, who has worked with the likes of Radiohead, Paul McCartney and U2, the album includes 12 new Waters-penned tracks. The album is a criticism of the modern world and our uncertain times, being a natural successor to previous work such as Pink Floyd’s “Animals” and “The Wall”. The full tour schedule is available at the site RogerWaters.com. Source: Sony Music…

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One of jazz crossover’s biggest stars is set to play the Jazz Café in London Eumir is an artist that emerged from the rhythmic sounds of Latin American music and made the crossover to disco, r’n’b, pop and funk; many of his classic albums are still popular to this day. His extensive catalogue includes hits like Keep On Movin’ and Night Cruiser and his albums, Prelude and Deodato 2, are still considered legendary amongst jazz-funk fans. Where: Jazz Cafe (Camden Town) When: 25 June For more information and tickets, click here.

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Brazil has a rich tradition of festivals and seasonal events The headline act, of course, is Carnaval, which takes on various forms and sizes throughout the country. There are, however, other festivals – such as that dedicated to St. John in June – that are particularly prominent in the north of the country. So culturally significant are some, in fact, that they have helped launch the careers of songwriters and performing artists given that music plays such a central theme. Mega events such as Rock in Rio and Lollapalooza continue to attract major local and international names and never fail…

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Ed Sheeran adds an extra show to his schedule to celebrate The O2’s 10th birthday With an extra show in the middle of his 2017 tour, on 22 June, Ed Sheeran will be taking part in The O2’s 10th birthday celebrations, in London. Ed Sheeran’s third studio album, ‘÷’, dominated Spotify, with every one of its 16 tracks getting into the streaming service’s Top 50 chart, and over 56 thousand streams in just 24 hours. The “O2’s 10th Birthday shows” will have big-name performers, whilst offering fans a chance to see their favourite singers and artists at one of the…

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With two performances at the Apollo, Evanescence are coming to London The band Evanescence will perform on 13 and 14 June at the Eventim Apollo. Fronted by Amy Lee, the US band are known for their dramatic, dark style. Formed in 1995, Evanescence are still popular despite a long hiatus, with their latest release, the compilation album Lost Whispers, coming out in February 2017, and available on Spotify and iTunes. Although they have a couple decades of experience, Amy Lee and her bandmates are still as enthusiastic as when they first appeared on the scene, always making a point of…

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He is one of Brazil’s most revered artists, and is all set to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in May, with a guaranteed hit repertoire of David Bowie tributes, taking inspiration from the late, legendary showman’s disk covers. With all his style and charm, Seu Jorge stamps his charismatic Bossa on hits such as Starman, Rebel Rebel and Life On Mars. Upon first hearing Seu Jorge singing his songs in the 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Bowie, who passed away in January 2016, said “If Seu Jorge hadn’t recorded my songs in Portuguese, I’d never have…

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The Victoria and Albert Museum in London will stage a large and never before seen exhibition about the legendary British rock band Pink Floyd. The Pink Floyd Exhibition: The Mortal Remains will mark the group’s first project together since the 1980s, and will commemorate 50 years since the launch of Arnold Layne, the band’s very first single. The exhibition will offer visitors an immersive, theatrical and multisensory journey through the extraordinary “pinkfloydian” universe. Amongst some of the items on show will be unreleased recordings and a laser show created especially for the exhibition. More than 350 personal items belonging to…

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